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Beautiful Sinner written by Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Devil's Rock #5
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Locked in with the town bad boy . . .
Most women would be scared, but Gabriella’s only worried about resisting Cruz Walsh, who’s even hotter than he was back in high school. Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella’s desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as “Flabby Gabby.” Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn’t count on is Cruz taking “up-close and personal” to a whole new level.
If there’s a silver lining to the hell Cruz went through, it’s that losing his freedom put everything in perspective. Maybe starting over someplace new would be easier, but after years locked up, Cruz values his family—and his true friends—more than ever. So he’s back home, facing the gossip, dodging reporters . . . and face-to-face with Gabriella Rossi. They’ve both changed: Bri wants a story and Cruz just wants her. Another thing he’s learned? Don’t let a good thing slip away.
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Beautiful Sinner was one of my most anticipated reads this year. I absolutely love the Devil’s Rock series and I was highly anticipating Cruz’s own HEA when I read that last chapter in Beautiful Lawman.
Unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away as I expected. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but it wasn’t as good as say, All Chained Up or Beautiful Lawman, which I absolutely adore!
I love the premise – Beautiful Sinner is an unrequited romance where the heroine had a crush on Cruz in high school. I also loved that the heroine is plus size – with plus size descriptions and not just a gratuitous plus size description. While she is on the smaller size of plus size, she still had hang-ups like us plus sized women have. I feel like Sophie Jordan did really well with this part.
What I didn’t like about it was just that it felt a bit too rushed for me. The relationship development, the actual falling in love – was a tad bit too fast and I wanted more character development. The conflict in Beautiful Sinner is not as great as Beautiful Lawman and Fury on Fire so I was really disappointed with it. Since Cruz’s family had a bad rep and he was in jail for murder, I expected more conflict and drama that came with it.
Overall, Beautiful Sinner was an enjoyable read and I highly recommend reading the Devil’s Rock series. As a side note, I reread the whole series before reading Beautiful Sinner and I think it added to my enjoyment of the book.
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